The ANU Master of Laws in International Law equips you to understand, explain and critically reflect on the rules regulating the relations between States and certain other international actors.
Helping explain and analyse interactions in the international community and their impact within national societies, international law often addresses difficult issues, such as when can a soldier lawfully kill; when can asylum seekers be ‘turned back’; who is responsible for space junk; how can you lawfully defend against an international cyber attack; and what obligations are owed by multinational corporations operating abroad?
With only two compulsory courses, the ANU Master of Laws in International Law allows you to tailor study to your specific interests and career objectives through specialist elective courses. These include international environmental law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, international trade law, the law of the sea, and the legal regulation of ethno-political conflicts.
The program also offers opportunities to undertake internships with international institutions such as the International Court of Justice and many elective courses provide the opportunity for you to produce an original research essay.
You can also undertake in-depth analysis of a topic of your choosing by enrolling in the Graduate Research Unit and producing a major research thesis.
For an overview of this program see our LLM in International Law program information sheet (119.1 KB).
Mode of delivery
To help you balance study with employment and other personal commitments, the ANU Master of Laws in International Law places an emphasis on flexibility and accessibility. This includes 'intensive' teaching, which clusters lectures over 3-5 days - reducing the need for you to travel to the campus on multiple occasions - and making extensive use of online learning, enabling you to structure study where and when it suits you best.
Admission to practice
A Master of Laws does not qualify you to be admitted to practice law in Australia.
To practice law in Australia you need to complete a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD), plus practical legal training (PLT). ANU Legal Workshop offers the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) or the Master of Legal Practice (MLP) which fulfil the current requirements for PLT.
After I graduate
The ANU Master of Laws in International Law will be relevant to you if your work involves consideration of international relations and transnational activities; you are interested in governmental and non-governmental organisations; and/or you are concerned with issues such as human rights, refugees, the use of force or international dispute settlement.
Graduates of the Master of Laws work in government, civil society, law enforcement, academia, in international organisations, such as the United Nations, or for global humanitarian bodies such as the International Committee of the Red Cross.
In addition, graduating from ANU Law will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 18,300 professionals in Australia and around the globe.
Experts who will teach the program
With particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law, environmental law, migration law, governance and national security, our academic staff are frequently called on by parliamentary committees, peak bodies, professional associations and the media for analysis, advice and guidance on the law, and what might be done to improve it.
Many of our expert research staff are also award winning teachers who are are always accessible and work closely with you to ensure you successfully complete your studies. We have created a supportive and nurturing environment in which you can thrive.
Some of our experts who teach in the Masters program are:
Sarah Heathcote - is LLM (International Law) Stream Convenor and works predominantly in general international law. She has previously taught at the University of Geneva and for Boston University.
David Letts - teaches Law of the Sea, having served for many years as a senior legal officer for the Royal Australian Navy, both in Australia and during missions abroad.
Matthew Zagor - works across public and international law and teaches International Refugee Law. He has previously served as a part time member of the Migration Review Tribunal (2003 - 2006), cross appointed to the Refugee Review Tribunal in 2005.
Steven Freeland - has taught widely in Australia and abroad and is a recognised specialst in space law. He sits on the editorial boards of a number of air and space law journals.
The amount you’ll pay for your program depends on whether you’re a domestic or international student.
View the current fees for the Master of Laws in International Law on Programs and Courses.
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